I Am The Walrus

of wolverines, walruses, and Joel Selvin

When my family first moved to the Bay Area in 1978, my father got to know Joel Selvin, the music critic at the SF Chronicle, who generously gave him a big stack of old 45’s for me. Somewhere in that stack was the 45 of the Beatles’ “Hello Goodbye,” b/w “I Am The Walrus.”  I remember being fascinated by the visual effect of the orange-and-yellow swirls spinning on my little child’s phonograph, with its pebbled plastic carrying case. Going on four decades later, on the day I brought home my new Soma Wolverine, I realized that this must be why I had known from the beginning that the panniers had to be yellow. Goo goo ga joob, and thanks, Joel.